Sir Ben Kingsley, Anupam Kher Honoured At Asian Awards


LONDON: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, along with actor Sir Ben Kingsley, singer Nicole Scherzinger and late actor and martial artist Bruce Lee were honoured at the recently concluded Asian Awards. They were recognised for their outstanding achievements at this third edition of the awards, held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Tuesday.

While Ben Kingsley was honoured with the Fellowship Award for his outstanding five decade career in the industry. Anupam Kher took home the cinema plaudit. Marking his 40th death anniversary, Bruce Lee was honoured with the Founders Award for his impact and influence on western cinema.

Anupam Kher has been known internationally for films like ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ (2002), ‘Bride and Prejudice’ (2004) ‘The Mistress of Spices’ (2006) and his recent performance in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (2012) with world renowned actors Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper.

Kher says, “I am truly humbled and honoured for being awarded The Asian Award for my work as an actor. As an actor all we do and want to do is make people laugh, cry, and persuade many other emotions by our craft.”

Anupam was ecstatic to have received the award along with Kingsley and said, “It is also an honour to be given this award the same year as Sir Ben Kingsley. Makes me feel very proud!”

“Our achievement at the end of the day is when the audience really does understand what we are doing. And the best part is when the spectrum is not India but Asia and the awards are not only for the category of cinema but other fields too,” added Anupam proud after receiving the award.

Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar (cricketer), Muttiah Muralitharan (cricketer), Asha Bhosle (singer), Jay Sean (singer), AR Rahman (singer) and Ratan Tata (businessperson) were previously honoured by the Asian awards.